A panel with musicians, educators, producers, journalists, and editors about how they're trying to make a difference during the Trump era by highlighting political work, raising money for the marginalized, and supporting the work of artists of different backgrounds. Host: Michelle Threadgould, Bay Area Music Journalist
Michelle Threadgould is an Oakland-based, Chicana journalist. She covers music, politics, news, arts and culture, Latinx issues, and the poetry of resistance. She has written for CNN, Pacific Standard, KQED, GOOD, and the New York Observer. Her essays will be featured in the book, The Illustrated Women Who Rock in 2018.
Victoria Ruiz is originally from San Jose, CA. She has spent most of her adult life in New York and Providence, Rhode Island, where she learned how to be a grassroots activist, writer, Chicana artist, and vocalist for the bands Downtown Boys and Malportado Kids.
Musician, educator, author
Michelle Cruz Gonzales, musician, educator, XIcana, is the author of The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band. Gonzales teaches English at Las Positas College where she is an outspoken advocate of all students, expressly black, brown, and undocumented.
Terron “Kwesi” Wilkerson is a published author, emerging poet and impassioned humanist. He firmly believes that no one is free until we are all free. Kwesi recently headlined Twitter HQ’s first-ever “Poetry Night” and his first book, Pieces of My Soul, Vol. 1 is available now at KwesiDreams.com.
Emma Silvers is a journalist and former music editor of KQED, SF Weekly, and The Bay Guardian. Her piece, “A New Guest at Your House Show: The Middleman” won a 2017 Excellence in Journalism Award and she helped lead the First 100 Days: Art in the Age of Trump initiative at KQED.
Educator, musician, filmmaker
Johwell Saint-Cilien is a hip-hop educator, musician, filmmaker, and co-founder of NegusWorld, an international activism movement that had expanded into a non-profit organization. His new film, CASA An Education Revolution Documentary Trailer will be released in 2018.